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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 2 IS Remake on: February 17, 2011, 09:20:57 PM
I'm a bit wary of this since I didn't really enjoy Eternal Punishment (had to use a guide to negotiate with enemies for cards and to unveil combo spells).
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What are you playing now? on: February 17, 2011, 09:19:56 PM
Just interested in seeing what RPGs you all are currently playing. I'm currently working on...

Dissidia Final Fantasy - Working on post-game content, found some battles nigh impossible even with one character at level 100 (Cloud).

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies - Also working on post-game content, mostly exploring Grottos for synthesis materials.

Final Fantasy XIII - Also working on post-game content, and I've finally been able to farm those giant tortoises without Summon or Death.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - I'm on Kashyyyk right now, after Dantooine.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs with puzzles or subgames on: February 13, 2011, 11:15:03 PM
As long as you don't need a guide and/or the puzzles/minigames aren't completely mandatory, I'm fine with them in RPGs.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: February 08, 2011, 11:04:27 PM
Yeah, I remember you saying that any RPG is beatable without grinding...ever play any of the Dragon Quest games?

I forgot to mention Devil Survivor being Escort Mission Hell as well, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon being one of few games I couldn't complete, what with the inability to grind outside Arena Abusing, which I didn't do.
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most anticipated RPGs on Nintendo 3DS on: February 08, 2011, 09:27:56 PM
Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and maybe the new Pokemon game hinted at, but that's about it for me.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: February 08, 2011, 09:26:29 PM
My Favorites:

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume - I liked it in spite of the crap it's gotten (though said crap's mostly come from RPGamer's reviewers, with whom I almost never agree), and would consider it the Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter of tactical RPGs.

Valkyria Chronicles - I'll admit I had to use a guide to beat some battles, but still had solid presentation.

Suikoden Tactics - Thought it translated Suikoden IV's gameplay decently to a tactical RPG, though then again I'm among the few who actually liked Suikoden IV.

Disgaea series - At first I really didn't like these games, but I grew to like them given the quicker-than-usual pace of battles and general addictiveness of the Item World.

Growlanser series - The first is one of my favorites, and the quick pace of battles is a definite draw for me.

La Pucelle Tactics - I actually like this a bit more than the Disgaea games since you can retreat from battles anytime and retain experience.

Shining Force series - I especially like that you never waste time even when losing a battle since you can retreat anytime and retain experience and money.

Average on My List:

Final Fantasy Tactics - I felt that most classes were useless (and hated having to learn item use from an entire class), and that only the story characters, especially Cidolfas, were any good, especially given Cid's ability to pretty much take on all enemies himself in the last chapter. Didn't like the points of no return, either, something I don't like in tactical RPGs.

Stella Deus - Loved the soundtrack and especially graphics, but the gameplay was meh in my book.

Phantom Brave - Unplayable unless you exploit the random dungeon / failure title experience-gaining trick.

Least Favorites:

Devil Survivor - Didn't like the sluggish endgame grinding and general schizophrenic difficulty.
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces confirmed for NA on: February 08, 2011, 09:18:04 PM
I especially liked the Karma Society Tower theme. I feel though that even if Graces sells well in NA we still won't get all those other missing Tales games. Might as well give up and learn Japanese if you're a fan of the series.
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: About Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2... on: September 03, 2010, 02:28:11 PM
Yes, get them.
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 03, 2010, 02:27:50 PM
A solid list, but I'm fucking sick and tired of people using their opinions on the Knights of the Old Republic games to bash the Star Wars prequels. They were actually better reviewed than the original movies were when they were first release, and the original trilogy isn't that fucking perfect, either, and I could list a ton of plot holes in the original trilogy.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nostalgia on: February 28, 2010, 03:55:24 PM
I enjoyed this game to the point that I did all the post-game content, my only complaint is the missable maps/items. Fuck the haters.
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The power of branding on: February 24, 2010, 12:30:43 PM
Just about any RPG with a big brand name attached to it, like Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Mario, will get inflated review scores, regardless of their true quality, and because of that, I don't find mainstream game journalism to be remotely credible.
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What feature in one/few RPGs should they all have? on: February 23, 2010, 09:27:31 PM
Just let us fucking save the game anywhere. I think the argument that save-anywhere features make games easier is a load of bullshit, since games like The Dark Spire and the SaGa series prove otherwise. I think it's silly to believe that Japs don't experience shit like power outages or freezes in their games.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pacing in RPG's on: February 10, 2010, 04:10:31 PM
Suikoden's the only RPG series I actually play for the story since all games but Tierkreis take place in the same world, and each new entry expands upon the game's universe.

As for linearity/non-linearity, I find that linear RPGs tend to have better-developed plots, whereas non-linear RPGs tend to be lacking in that area. I don't mind non-linearity but not the "OMG where do I go next" kind like in SaGa Frontier, and don't mind getting absorbed for hours in sidequests, although I really think sidequests should add decently to the storyline.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenosaga Episode II - Why does everyone hate it so much? on: February 09, 2010, 09:16:03 AM
I think the fact that battles take forfreakingever contributes to the hate. Episode III's my personal favorite.
390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pacing in RPG's on: February 05, 2010, 05:52:38 PM
I don't think mission-based gameplay lends itself very well to good storytelling, as it often makes the story feel disjointed.
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